(AP) — Subfreezing circumstances and treacherous roadways have contributed to dozens of deaths this month throughout the U.S., the place states as far south as Texas and Florida have been gripped by lethal arctic climate on Sunday.
Nationally, winter storms have claimed at the least 72 lives across the U.S. this January, many involving hypothermia or highway accidents.
On Sunday, crews in Memphis, Tennessee, continued to work across the clock to search out and repair damaged pipes that have been inflicting low water stress all through the system. Memphis Gentle, Gasoline and Water President and CEO Doug McGowen advised reporters Sunday afternoon that crews are making progress and he expects a lot of the 700,000 individuals the utility providers to have water restored over the following 24 hours.
“If we stay on this very constructive path, and we’re on a constructive path, I imagine that by Wednesday we may have stress adequate for us to take samples of our water system,” he stated. “Assuming good outcomes, we expect meaning a Thursday for lifting of the boil water advisory.”
McGowen additionally requested individuals to cease dripping their taps to assist construct stress within the system.
Memphis Gentle, Gasoline and Water was repairing 10 water important breaks on Sunday afternoon, and McGowen stated he expects to see extra as the bottom continues to thaw. The utility stated it beforehand repaired 41 damaged water mains and positioned greater than 4,000 leaks at properties and companies.
Rhodes Faculty, in Memphis, started sending college students dwelling there residence on Saturday and shifting those that couldn’t return residence to lodges. The college was planning digital lessons on Monday and Tuesday.
“We ask that you simply NOT come to campus both day because of the ongoing water state of affairs and the hazards that creates,” the varsity announcement stated.
Sam Roth is a junior majoring in politics, philosophy and economics who drove again residence to Nashville quite than staying in a lodge the place he would nonetheless be required to boil water.
“Our taps stopped working, they usually stated to not use any of the restrooms on our flooring, and our showers weren’t working very nicely both,” he stated of the state of affairs in his dormitory.
Eating places and bars have been utilizing bottled water to serve clients on Sunday. Some eating places remained closed, citing the water concern, whereas others had a modified menu.
Memphis was the most important, however not the one, water system in Tennessee to expertise issues from the unusually chilly climate. The Tennessee Emergency Administration Company stated on Saturday night time that 28 water methods have issued boil water notices.
In Tipton County, the fireplace division in Mason warned residents on Saturday to be ready for a multiday water outage. Hearth officers stated in a Fb put up that water crews have been working in any respect hours to attempt to isolate and restore leaks.
The mayor acknowledged in an interview with WMC-TV that the city has had water points up to now as a consequence of a system that “no person took care of for a very long time” and is want of updates.
“The entire city has been with out water for 5 days,” stated exasperated Mason resident Christina Ray. The hearth division is handing out water all through the city of 1,300 residents, however is limiting it to 1 case per day, per family. That’s not sufficient for her household, which was gathering snow to flush the bathrooms.
“It’s onerous to cook dinner. It’s onerous to flush bathrooms. It’s onerous to do dishes. We are able to’t wash laundry,” she stated.
With hotter temperatures predicted this week, Ray now says she’s confronted with one other fear: the potential of bursting pipes.
The continued chilly climate can also be answerable for at the least 27 deaths in Tennessee, in response to the Tennessee Division of Well being.
Simply south in Mississippi, the state’s Emergency Administration Company stated Sunday that 11 individuals have died of causes associated to frigid climate since Jan. 14.
Elsewhere, freezing rain, sleet and excessive wind gusts later Sunday would make touring in elements of Kansas and Oklahoma significantly treacherous, the Nationwide Climate Service stated. Wind chills in Iowa made it really feel like minus 20 levels Fahrenheit (minus 7 levels Celsius) in some elements.
Picture: Memphis and its well-known Beale Avenue noticed its share of snow on Jan. 16, adopted by freezing temperatures Sunday. (Chris Day/The Industrial Enchantment by way of AP)
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